Actual Musicians

Thursday 24th September 2020

Simply incredible. They were there. It was a brilliant light burnished by clean summer wind. The stage was positioned beside Lake Glyndebourniana and one of the brass players stood in the cow field for the Charles Ives piece. At the opening, the horns and trumpets played the Gabrielle from across the lake. Then it was a battle with the wind to keep the music on the stands during the Siegfried Idyll. As usual my concentration wandered. The Siegfried Idyll has grown longer during the Time of Wrong. I bent under the strain of being good enough for music re-surging. Nothing has changed there. The Time of Wrong has not cleansed my nature. I never knew there were any comic or at least light Mahler songs but there are, sung by a great soprano singer with alarming slit skirts in the gale. There could have been a sudden whipping up and revelation.

The sound carried out of doors but thinned by the air and the music was chosen to be carefully far from triumphant.

I was worried Royston King would kill off the Queen’s former Press Secretary and a granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West who were present. But he didn’t. He’d been in the same TV doc as the ¬†Press Sec. I can’t remember which one. Royston does pieces to camera most days now, even on topics as remote as Princess Grace of Monaco. So there was a lot to tell, plus he throws in the odd bomb to blast information out of these courtiers, such as ‘She’ll step aside once she’s 95…’ Or, ‘The Duke isn’t dying…’

I don’t know whether it worked because I was preoccupied with Robin Ticciati’s frockage. He was seen pre-perf in the most amazing smart casual. I longed to ask him his labels. It was all so outdoors I could have but lost nerve. Sand slacks, blue jacket. I don’t think Zara. Maybe Club Monaco…. A classic ensemble but screaming quality which is so hard to bring off. I suppose I could write in and ask… Then for the actual perf the most amazing shoes.

We went on to Deal, missing the second half which was an opera buffa devised for the occasion with hand sanitiser. I’ve never been to Deal or that part of the country ever. It was rather as I’d imagined it would be – huge. Sky and sand. A string of good houses on the front. We were in one of them. Huge flat sea. Huge beach. The next day we visited Walmer Castle, the residence of the Warden of the Cinque Ports. Quite a charming little Castle, rendered endearingly un-battle-like by the addition of dinky Tudor windows. Her Late Majesty was given a garden there for her 95th Birthday, designed by Penelope Hobhouse. The weather was breaking up and there was a row of rather gloomy beeches shielding the garden. I wouldn’t go round the long way to see it but maybe if sunshine were added…

The Queen Mother was photographed in her Garden in powder blue.

Walmer Castle, where the Queen Mother was in Residence for at least 3 Weeks every Summer as Warden

Walmer Castle, where the Queen Mother was in Residence for at least 3 Weeks every Summer as Warden

The Queen Mother's Garden at Walmer Castle, Designed by Penelope Hobhouse

The Queen Mother’s Garden at Walmer Castle, Designed by Penelope Hobhouse: Gloomy Beech Trees

A Little Italianate Loggia for the Queen Mother in the Queen Mother's Garden at Walmer Castle

A Little Italianate Loggia for the Queen Mother in the Queen Mother’s Garden at Walmer Castle

Long-distance Glyndebourne

Long-distance Glyndebourne

The Audience

The Audience

Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati’s Stunning Smart Casual pre-Perf Look. What Labels Though?¬†

Robin Ticciati: His Shoes

Robin Ticciati: His Shoes for the Perf

Robin Ticciati: The Shoes

Robin Ticciati: The Shoes

 

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2020 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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